A team of talented professionals
Based in Omagh, Co. Tyrone RJ Woodland Services Limited are a private forestry company providing a complete range of woodland services throughout Northern Ireland. Our clients range from farmers and small private landowners to large private estates and public bodies.
We offer a comprehensive range of professional services connected to all forms of woodland management. We offer a full range of forest management and contracting services to woodland owners and aim to provide the highest quality of service.
We are members of the Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor), The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and British Horse Loggers.
Meet our team
Ross began his forestry career at The Barony College in Dumfries completing a Certificate in Coniferous Operations and achieving the Top Forestry Student Award while at the college. He progressed on to Newton Rigg College completing his HND in Forest Management. This led to a work placement with Abercorn Estates on the Baronscourt Estate.
On completion of his course Ross returned to Baronscourt, initially working on the thinning squad before becoming Assistant Forester. With the experience gained Ross then established RJ Woodland Services. Initially working by himself offering consultancy and contract services to various clients, from small landowners to large private estates. In those early days of the business Ross began using horses as a way of extracting timber, having worked with horses from a young age and with the help of an old college lecturer who used horses, Ross became the only professional horse logger in Northern Ireland. The horses Billy & Dan still play an important part in the business to this day however scaled back with expansion and progression into machinery.
He developed and expanded the business by offering what he felt clients were looking for, a personal honest approach managing woodlands and forests with the best interests of the landowners and the woodlands at heart. Through this honest and integral approach, the business has become a leader in forest management and contracting throughout Northern Ireland and further afield.
With David Crawford managing the timber harvesting and marketing side of the business and Daniel Monaghan leading on the establishment & maintenance of new and existing woodlands Ross’s role within the business is now generally overall management, whilst overseeing non forestry related environmental tenders.
David joined RJ Woodland Services on a placement in 2012, during these years David worked his summer holidays gaining experience using the chainsaw and planting trees. This led to a full-time position as a forest worker completing a wide variety of tasks primarily in Continuous Cover Forestry on private estates. Throughout the beginning of his career, he developed a range of skills in all aspects of forestry such as use of timber harvesting machinery and large tree felling.
In the past 4 years David progressed onto Forest Harvesting Manager, his previous experience on the ground enables him to make skilled decisions on harvesting sites. This combines to achieve an excellent working relationship with landowners and contractors.
David specialises in Continuous Cover Forestry thinning techniques on private estates where the retention of tree cover is vital for both visual and sporting aspects on the land.
The introduction of Ash dieback is becoming more widespread and a possible danger to road users and the public which requires specialised machinery and expert knowledge. With access to a wide variety of timber markets, David can ensure this essential work is as cost effective as possible and completed on time.
After a career in England in education and corporate training, Dan returned to Northern Ireland and re-trained as a forester in 2020-22 with Teagasc, Ballyhaise College, where he was awarded Forestry Student of the Year in 2022. A member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Dan started with RJ Woodland Services in December 2022 to lead on the firm’s establishment operations.
He supports landowners and clients with all aspects of forest establishment; from initial assessment and grant application where the client’s needs are shaped into a forest plan, to organising and delivering the works with the help of a professional and experienced team of forestry operatives. These projects range from productive conifer plantations, to native broadleaf woodlands, to a wide variety of bespoke planting contracts in areas as diverse as amenity planting on public land and ecological recovery programmes in environmentally sensitive areas.
He is passionate about increasing the percentage of forestry cover in Northern Ireland, one of the most deforested parts of Europe, and spends his spare time finding and preserving local varieties of orchard fruits, the best named variety so far being the “Greasy Pippin” apple from Co. Fermanagh!